Ellis: My Teammates Can Count On Me

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Peyton Manning isn't an easy quarterback to sack, but Jets' defensive co-captain Shaun Ellis racked racked up two sacks of the Colts' quarterback last weekend. Ellis, a veteran in his seventh season from Tennessee, ranks eighth on the Jets' all-time sack leaders list with 45.5. He needs just 2.5 sacks to tie John Elliott for seventh place.

The Green & White will face a balanced offensive attack from the Jacksonville Jaguars in week five and Ellis and his fellow teammates hope to make it a difficult time for Byron Leftwich.

"I'm a D-lineman and every D-lineman wants to get sacks," he said. "You just have to go out and put any amount of pressure that you can, whether it's getting the sack or just getting his face. You can do it a lot of ways, but when you actually get him when he has the ball, that's the best part."

Read Below for the Complete Ellis Transcript

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New York Jets' DE Shaun Ellis, 10.5

On getting the pass rush generated against Indianapolis…
That was big, it was one thing we knew we had to go into the game with.  We to put pressure on Peyton [Manning], to get in his face and get him rattled a little bit.  It worked out for the most part, but when we needed it we didn't come through, so we've just got to get better at that.

On getting more attention in the absence of John Abraham…
I don't worry about that, I just try to go out and play.  They were doing it to both of us when we were both in there at the same time, so it's something I've been faced with for the past couple of years.

On things changing in the 3-4…
Basically, it's two different types of defenses.  One type of defense requires you to get up field, penetrate and play one gap.  This 3-4, requires you to two-gap and be more patient on the line of scrimmage, that's the biggest difference.

On the adjustment being difficult or easy…
To me, I feel like I could play in either one of them, it doesn't bother me. 

On speaking to John Abraham…
I spoke to him the other day, we just talked.  We didn't really talk too much about football, we both just wanted to see how the other was doing and how the families were doing. 

On seeing disappointed to see John Abraham leave…
I was very disappointed, but you also need to keep it in the back of your mind that this is a business and the team is going in another direction.  I was hoping that he would stay, but things worked out better for him and the Jets; they're moving in their direction.

On being voted back to captain…
There's no added pressure. I just need to go out and led by example, work hard every day and show my teammates that they can count on me.

On motivation coming from being captain…
First, I just want to keep earning their respect but, also just to know that they look up to you.

On pressure to produce sacks…
I'm a D-lineman and every D-lineman wants to get sacks.  You just have to go out and put any amount of pressure that you can, whether it's getting the sack or just getting his face.  You can do it a lot of ways, but when you actually get him when he has the ball, that's the best part.* *

New York Jets' WR Lavernaues Coles, 10.5

On how he feels…
I'm fine, I 'm cool… you know me.

On going back to Jacksonville not to play…
Well, it's cool any time you get to go home to see your family and friends.  You always want to play or something, even if you're just standing there, you still want to be a part of something.

On seeing people (friends and family) in Jacksonville…
You get an opportunity to say "hi" afterwards, but you're just trying to get off the field, run in and get in the shower so you can say hello to your family at the end of the game.  It also depends on who you are; if you're in a certain system, guys like Randy Moss and some other guys kind of get lee way to stay behind with their families on away trips.  Some coaches allow you too, if they know you're from there, they'll tell you can go and come back, but that's not the case around here.

On going to his new house…
I'll swing by there, probably for about 10 or 15 minutes just to make sure everything is okay, then I have to turn around and get back.  It's all done, they're just finishing up the landscaping, but it's pretty much done.

On bringing his teammates to the new house…
The guys don't have time to do anything like that.  I'll try to put something together for them in the off-season.  When we get some time and everybody has a littler more time to prepare themselves and spend a little more time with their families, I'll put some calls in and get some guys down to hang out for a little bit.  During the season, with the schedule we have, with the coach we have, we just don't have time.

On the no-huddle…
Do I like it? No. Do I do it? Yes.  Of course, you have your parts where you're getting them tired, but regardless of everything that's going on, you get a little winded yourself- that's the point of it.  You just figure they're always a little bit more tired than you are because you've done it in practice, but you can get tired from time to time doing it.  I guess that's pretty much what it is (full-court press in basketball), we know what we're doing and we're just trying to get them to simplify what they're doing.  They pretty much just line up because they don't have time to get their calls and we can kind of tell where they are and we just go from there.  I think that's the point of us getting it done and it works, but to say I like it, I don't want to say I like it because you can get a little winded yourself. 

On the rewards of seeing the opponent get tired…
Well, coach says we need to get in better shape too, so it's kind of catch 22.  They're tired, we're tired, we need to get in better shape, so it's hard to say it's rough and you need to appear on film that you're not tired. 

On Chad [Pennington] being the key to the offense…
He needs to get everything communicated to everybody, make sure everybody knows what's going on and keep everybody informed.  It's happening so fast, you want to get lined up so he can see what's going on.  He is the key, he is the guy that gets everybody going in the right direction.

On what happens if Chad [Pennington] gets winded…
Well, it's hard to hear him sometimes even when he's not huffing and puffing.  Depending on whether you're home or away, it can get a little hard to hear sometimes, but I think that's just part of the game that you have to deal with.  For the most part, I think he makes the guys that are involved in the play know what they're doing.

New York Jets' TE Chris Baker, 10.2

On Marcus Stroud's injury status…
We need to prepare as if he's going to play because the injury reports are what they are, so we're looking at I like he's going to play and we've got to get ready for him and the rest of the defense. 

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